A deciduous shrub with arching or climbing stems, which prefers calcareous to mildly acidic soils and is found on woodland edges and in hedgerows, where it appears to thrive in relatively shady conditions, but also in more open habitats including scrub, rough grassland, disused quarries and less acidic heaths. Lowland.
The large proportion of pre-1970 records of this species probably reflects the fact that many records are based on herbarium specimens. Like many Rosa species, R. tomentosa is probably under-recorded. It can be difficult to identify, especially in areas where hybrids with R. canina (R. x scabriuscula) are found.
European Temperate element.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 414
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 30
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.